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Posted 5M ago by @vanesa_rangell

I put mine Pinguicula in a self watering pot. You guys th...

3ft to light, indirect
2” pot with drainage
Last watered 3 weeks ago
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@vanesa_rangell a LOT of information got thrown at you here so I just wanted to swing back in and say
1. I am sorry you got slammed with so much at once. I know as a new plant parent it can be super overwhelming to get a new species. Pings were actually one of the ones I was most terrified of.
2. I want to reiterate my first answer that I think you made a great pot choice and make sure to scale back watering in your plant's dormant period.
3. @SvelteKingfern and I have obviously had totally different experiences with these plants, so take the advice that feels right! For example: if your home has 50-60% ideal humidity, you can probably let it go longer as they mentioned. My house is currently 30-40% with humidifiers because of North American winter so I have to treat my pings differently.
4. Like @RJG said, it's advice based on people's experiences here so always keep an eye on your plants and just ask if you have another question!

Happy growing!

PS
I included a few photos of my grandmother ping so yours can see what beauties they will grow up to be 😍
Sorry to disappoint you, but self watering pots are good only for swamp plants. Any other will drown in water sooner or later.
In my opinion, the self watering pots are the advertising gimmick.
I tried once, and only once. The best pots are the ones with the bottom drainage hole, and the traditional bottom watering method is the optimum. You have control how much water your plant gets, and with your diligence the plant will get exactly as much or as little as it needs.
In addition, the pot needs to be only 1" bigger on both sides than the size of your plant. This pot is much too big, and the soil will retain too much moisture, which in turn, will damage the roots of the plant.

Good luck.
Hi Vanessa!

I actually disagree with @SvelteKingfern on this one.

Pings want to always be moist (unless it's the dormant season) and most people keep them in vessel set in a tray of water, so very similar to a self watering pot (medium is always moist and bottom watering). I've also seen people keep them in a shallow container with perlite and water.

Depending on the type you have it could grow rapidly and take up the whole pot in no time. I currently have one that had a baby so they need to be up potted and another that had two babies, then two more, then a grandbaby and that was all in less than a year. So needless to say its pot got too small VERY quickly.

It looks like there are several in your pot so I'm sure they will replicate and take over quickly!
I disagree with @PlantMompy. If a plant is in a self watering pot, it's like the plant being watered constantly: every day, every hour. No plant can withstand that, except the swamp plants.

It's the dry winter dormant season for Pinguicula right now, isn't it. So, my advice is that you need to stay away from a self watering pot.
@SvelteKingfern what if I don’t fill the self watering pot always? If I fill just when it’s necessary and put just the amount of water she needs? Was a friend who gave me this baby and he told me about the dormant, he said he was bottom watering her just Saturdays and wendsdays. So would be the same if I fill this self watering pot just one this days with just the amount of water she needs, no?
It’s dry right now
You can do this. It should work this way. πŸ‘
Pings are swamp plants. They live in bogs, swamps and other wet areas, sometimes in running water. Their roots sit on the medium, not in it.

If you choose to let it go dormant (different pings do this at different times) you can let it dry out between refills (only one to two days without water, tops) and be sure to back off on lighting a little, too.

Please, please, please do NOT treat it like a normal plant where it's drying out between every watering. It will never leave dormancy, therefore it won't be able to make sticky leaves and catch food.
@vanesa_rangell @SvelteKingfern
I've gotta side with @PlantMompy on this one- that's a great pot! Pings are gonna LOVE the moist soil almost ALL the time. They are pretty similar to VFTs and I keep my VFT and my other carnivorous plants in a dish of water at all times.
http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/culture/culture_of_mexican_pinguicula.htm#:~:text=The%20plants%20need%20a%20winter,%2FOctober%20and%20March%2FApril.

Please read these instructions about the Winter dormancy. They know the best, they're specialists. Please, don't kill your plant. @PlantMompy @sarahsalith
@SvelteKingfern that link is about Mexican Butterworts. There are many types of Butterworts that grow all over the world (Europe, Canada, Asia, etc.) and the general consensus between growers (ones I have spoken with directly and those I have read/researched online over the years) is that you do not let them fully dry out for months at a time in your home.
It sounds like the grower you referenced may be growing in a greenhouse? The humidity there is likely higher than in a home, especially in winter. They do not live in climates as dry as our homes, so to have low humidity and no water for months is the opposite of what they experience in the wild.
That is why the recommendation for Butterworts at home is to back off watering during the dormancy period but not to let the tray (or vessel) dry out for more than a couple days. Especially when under a grow light.
If you read attentively, guys, the optimum winter humidity for Pinguicula is 50%/60% , and that's the average humidity in our homes.

I want the plant to live, and the best way to kill it is to keep it in that self watering pot without modifying the way it's watered. That was the original question of this thread. I provided the link with instructions. The intention of this community is to help each other, and to help plants to thrive . πŸ€—πŸ’šπŸŒ΅πŸͺ΄ @PlantMompy
@SvelteKingfern I believe @PlantMompy is speaking from her personal experience with these plants.

Hers have been very successful and I would say she has specialized knowledge about pings too.

There's no need to discount her opinion. We're all just trying to help!
That's exactly what I mean @RJG Primum non nocere.
Vanessa I think if @PlantMompy thinks those pots will work that you can trust her.

Obviously we don't want the dude floating but they do like to stay more wet as a group and in winters our houses can be awfully dry with the heat running.

The key is just to keep an eye on it as it transitions. Don't let it fully dry out. The self watering pot just extends the window where the soil medium will stay moisturized.